There is a lot to know when it comes to your homes roof especially when it comes time to replace it. Shingles are the most common type of roofing seen in the North. This comes down the simple fact that when it comes to roofing material shingles are durable, readily available and one of the least expensive roofing option.
When it comes down to shingles there are two basic types which include fiberglass and organic shingles. Fiberglass shingles are created using a fiberglass matting that is weaved together, covered with an asphalt coating and coated in ceramic granules. The asphalt coating helps to protect your roof from the weather by creating a waterproof barrier. Ceramic granules help protect the roof from harmful ultra violet rays that can quickly deteriorate roofing materials that are left unprotected. Fiberglass shingles are a durable, lightweight option in roofing.
Organic shingles are similar in look to fiberglass shingles but differ in how they are made. Organic shingles are formed using a mat that is created from recycled felt paper that has been layered together. The felt paper is saturated with asphalt to create a waterproof barrier. The organic shingle is then coated with asphalt that is embedded with ceramic granules. Organic shingles are produced with forty percent more asphalt than traditional fiberglass shingling. Homeowners will find organic shingles are more flexible, rugged and environmentally friendlier that fiberglass however less absorbent which can cause some warping over time.
When it comes to the size of shingles you will find that no matter what shingle material you are using be it fiberglass or organic that they will measure about twelve by thirty six. Although they are all the same size there are two different styles including a three tab shingle and an architectural shingle. Three tab shingles can be recognized by the cutout tabs that make up their long lower edge. This style creates the look that each shingle is a separate piece although it really is only one strip. This style is the most popular and common in shingle roofing.
Architectural shingles do not have tabs however the lower portion of the shingle is laminated with an extra layer of asphalt. This gives a contour look to the shingle and offers dimension to the roofing. The asphalt creates a bond that seals the shingles together with the other layers of shingles. Architectural shingles are not good for every type of roof. Be sure to talk with your roofing contractor if you plan on going with architectural shingles to ensure that they are a good choice with the slant of your roof.
In our next installment on shingle roofing we will look into different shingle styles, colors, durability and costs. There is so much to take into consideration when you are looking to replace your homes roof. It is one of the most expensive repairs needed in home maintenance and upkeep. Choose roofing material based on research and recommendations from the roofing contractor that you hire to install your new roof.